The evening of June 16th 1976 at London Colney was where it happened. It wasn’t called Carp Fever then, but that’s what I got from a little six pound mirror caught on a float fished luncheon meat and Marmite special. The fever still courses through my veins forty one years on.
I’ve lived, worked and fished in various parts of East Anglia, but have always had a soft spot for the Ouse Valley in Cambridgeshire. I love fishing for old English scaly chunks, not necessarily of monster proportions, just so long as they make me buzz when I see them in the water, and punch the air when they hit the back of the landing net.
This year I will again mostly be mooching around the St Ives complex, baiting spots and hoping to trip up the wily old originals and fast growing stockies found in all the lakes. It’s on my doorstep and I love it!
There are many elements that go into any carp fishing challenge, and so it’s great to know that my bait is sorted. I can rely 100% on my Mistral Spirulina Shellfish, Belachan Shrimp and Chilli Pepper boilies. They catch carp wherever I go!
P.s. Don’t forget to check out my new ebook Bivvy Tramping – Reflections of an English Carp Angler, which is packed full of tactics, lessons learned, campaign stories and tongue-in-cheek observations of modern carping.